Our Own CPD

Archive of YogaBirth Continuing Professional Education

YogaBirth runs 3 annual CPD events for our members and friends. We are committed to an excellent quality of learning for our personal and professional development. Below are details of events and speakers from recent years.

Edinburgh, Study Day, February 2017
  • Nadine Edwards,Vice Chair, Association for Improvements in Maternity Services, on Women’s Experiences of birth (2nd stage)
  • Yvonne Austen, Yoga teacher, on Working with Hypermobility in Yoga
  • Tracy Humphrey, Professor of Midwifery, on Recommendations for Improvements in How Midwives Deliver Care

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London, October 2016 (study day)

  • Sally Kelly, Specialist Bereavement Midwife, West Middlesex University Hospital, Fetal and Neonatal Death and Bereavement.
  • Teresa Gernon, Director of Epi-no UK Ltd.
  • Cheryl Slater, Soul Seed Media, Social Media Workshop for yoga teachers

Grove Neighbourhood Centre, London, May 2016 (study weekend)

  • AGM chaired by Jill Benjoya Miller, with Committee members Lulu Winfield (and Stacia Smales Hill)
  • Chloe Freemantle, yoga
  • Aki Omori, yoga
  • Hilary Lewin, Maya Abdominal Massage
  • Sinead McCarthy, Pelvic Floor, PGP, Psoas
  • Christine Grabowska, Midwifery Update & Acupressure points for labour

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, January 2016 (study day) 

  • Debora Alcayde: senior midwife leading the perineal trauma clinic and specialising in FGM
  • Louise Kidd: senior midwife leading the VBAC clinic and specialising in turning breech babies
  • Maggie Vaughan: Doula (A La Carte Doula) offering placenta services
  • Janey Ashton: teaches the art of communicating with touch for midwifery students in King’s college
  • Sarah Yorke: Project officer for Singing away the blues for new mothers and pregnant women, Royal College of Music

Autumn 2015 (2 study days)

  • First Aid at Work Certification for our members

Grove Neighbourhood Centre, London, May 2015 (study weekend)

  • AGM chaired by Jill Benjoya Miller, with Committee members Kate Longden and Tracey Luggeri
  • Chloe Freemantle, Yoga
  • Ruth Polden, Yoga
  • Alison Shaloe, Independent Midwife, Tongue Tie & Related Breastfeeding Issues
  • Heather Berry, Independent Midwife, Turning a Breech Baby
  • Dominique Sakoilsky, Relaxed Birth and Parenting, Introduction to The 7 Secrets of a Joyful Birth

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, November 2014 (study day)

  • Senior Midwife Carmel McCullough, Nathalie Allain, Anne Hutchings, Practice Development Midwives, Chelsea and Westminster: Waterbirth Simulation including emergency situations in the pool
  • Kemi Johnson, Independent Midwife, London, of InvisibleMidwives.org: A beautiful Caesarean: Optimising Surgical Birth, including the Human Microbiome
  • Film Guerilla Midwife
  • Film focus on pelvic floor structure

Newbold House, Forres, Scotland, May 2014 (residential study weekend)

  • AGM Chaired by Jill Benjoya Miller, with Committee Members Helen Langley, Kate Longden, Tracey Luggeri
  • Yoga, Ilse Elders
  • Pelvic Instability with physiotherapist Garry Nimmo from Active Balance, Aberdeen, Manipulation Therapist/ Active Isolated Stretching
  • Perinatal Mental Health with Sharon Clark, Specialist Perinatal Mental Helath Midwife, NHS Grampian
  • Midwifery Update with Tracy Humphrey, Professor of Midwifery Aberdeen

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, February 2014 (study day)

  • Nutrition for Pregnancy and Ayurveda with Nisha Kuman Joon
  • Midwifery Update with Karen Patrick and Sarah Bearman: The Role of Supervisor of Midwives, plus saline injections for pain relief in labour

Newbold House 2013 (residential study weekend)

  • AGM Chaired by Jill Benjoya Miller, with Committee Members Helen Langley, Kate Longden, Sharon Budworth
  • Yoga, Ilse Elders
  • Communication in Yoga, Rosalind Garton
  • Midwifery Update with Tracy Humphrey, Professor of Midwifery Aberdeen: focus on continuation of Induction of Labour, Group B Strep, Delayed Cord Clamping
  • Professional development led by Julie Krausz, Jill Miller, Arlene Dunkley-Wood and Ruth Polden

Study Day, London 2012

  • First Aid training, Colin Fordham

Newbold House 2012 (residential study weekend)

  • AGM Chaired by Lolly Stirk, with Committee Members Marjaana Vanska, Jill Miller, Helen Langley, Kathleen Beegan
  • Yoga Ilse Elders and Kathy White
  • Biomechanics of the Pelvis, midwife Tracey Sanderson
  • Midwifery Update with Tracy Humphrey, Professor of Midwifery Aberdeen: focus Induction of Labour, Group B Strep, Obesity, Delayed Cord Clamping
  • Professional Development led by Judy Cameron, Kay Millar, Lolly Stirk
  • Ceilidh Dancing

Study Weekend, June 2011, East Sussex

  • AGM chaired by Lolly Stirk, with Committee Members Julie Krausz, Kahtleen Beegan, Olivia Lester, Tracey Luggeri, Annabel Hargrave
  • Opening Ceremony Amanda Edwards, YogaBirth Teacher, Interfaith Minister
  • Ruth Polden, Yoga
  • Sarah James, Marketing with Heart- Constellating
  • Midwife Debbie Gowers, Midwifery Update
  • Peter Blackaby, yoga
  • Sarah Davies and Jamie Morgan, 5 Rhythms: Rhythm & Dance

Study Day, March 2011, Edinburgh

  • Elisabeth Davison, Chiropractor

Study Day, London, November 2010

  • Carrie Tuke, yoga

Study Weekend June 2010, East Sussex

  • AGM YogaBirth Chair: Arlene Dunkley-Wood & Ruth Armes
  • Katie Harvey, Executive and Personal Coach: Money Matters: Personal, Professional and Organisational Approaches
  • Midwife Debbie Gowers: Midwifery Update
  • John Stirk, yoga
  • Ruth Polden, yoga
  • Anja Kositz: Postnatal Care for Women
  • 5 Rhythms Dancing

Study Day, London 2009

  • First Aid training, Mike Bond

Study Weekend June 2009, Hemingford Abbots, Cambridgeshire

  • AGM YogaBirth Co-Chairs: Arlene Dunkley-Wood & Annabel Hargrave
  • Midwives Rachel Wheeler and Karen Patrick: Midwifery Update
  • Sophy Hoare, yoga
  • Professor of Midwifery Christine Grabowska: Theraputic Touch and Uses and Effects of Personal Energy
  • Janna Runnals, Sound Healing and Chakras

Study Day March 2009

  • Dawn Baillie, yoga
  • Birth Through Story-telling, a healing tool
  • Film Orgasmic Birth

Study Weekend 2008, Hemingford Abbots, Cambridgeshire

  • AGM YogaBirth co-chairs: Annabel Hargrave and Kathleen Beegan
  • Marc Woolford, yoga
  • Amali Lokugamage, Consultant OB/GYN Whittington Hospital London: Natural Birth: Risk vs Choice
  • Lorna Davis, With Woman Midwifery: Body-Mind Connection in Birth, Tokophobia
  • Nicole Tudor-Williams, physiotherapist: Pelvic Floor workshop: structure, function and dysfunction
  • Cynthia Lee Richardson, yoga
  • Olivia Lester, Fist breath
  • Belly Dancing

Study Days 2008, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital London

  • Marion Howells, Meditation and Stillness
  • Elmer Postle and Patrick Houser, Fathers-To-Be: Experiences of Fathers at Birth and during Antenatal classes

Study Day, East Sussex, November 2007

  • Stacia Smales Hill, Birthing From Within mentor and doula: Understanding Variations in Pelvic Shapes, Rebozo for Optimal Fetal Positioning and Closing the Bones after Birth

Study Weekend June 2007, Brighton

  • AGM YogaBirth co-chairs: Annabel Hargrave and Kathleen Beegan
  • Focus core postures in yoga by YogaBirth members
  • Katherine James, yoga
  • Val Taylor, Independent midwife: Is it truly Possible to Prepare Women for Birth based on the Information That is Currently available? ; discussion of NICE guidelines and sociology of birth paradigms
  • Chrissie Tiller, Arts, Education, Cultural Management Consultant: Women and their Energy- Experiential Work

Study Day, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, March 2007

  • Focus Breastfeeding: Update on the Unicef Breastfeeding Management

Study Day, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, November 2006

  • Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Sitaram Yoga
  • Midwifery Update: Senior C&W midwife

Study Weekend June 2006, Brighton

  • Midwife Mary Stewart: How Women Experience Vaginal Examinations
  • Peter Blackaby, yoga
  • Chrissie Tiller, Arts, Education, Cultural Management Consultant: Experiential work with Body Language

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, January 2016 (study day) 

  • Debora Alcayde: senior midwife leading the perineal trauma clinic and specialising in FGM
  • Louise Kidd: senior midwife leading the VBAC clinic and specialising in turning breach babies
  • Maggie Vaughan: Doula (A La Carte Doula) offering placenta services
  • Janey Ashton: teaches the art of communicating with touch for midwifery students in King’s college
  • Sarah Yorke: Project officer for  Singing away the blues for new mothers and pregnant women, Royal Collage of Music

    Autumn 2015 (2 study days)

  • First Aid at Work Certification for our members

Grove Neighbourhood Centre, London, May 2015 (study weekend)

  • Chloe Freemantle, Yoga
  • Ruth Polden, Yoga
  • Alison Shaloe, Independent Midwife, Tongue Tie & Related Breastfeeding Issues
  • Heather Berry, Independent Midwife, Turning a Breech Baby
  • Dominique Sakoilsky, Relaxed Birth and Parenting, Introduction to The 7 Secrets of a Joyful Birth

Other past speakers and yoga teachers have included

  • Michel Odent
  • Heather Hill, yoga
  • Midwives Sara Wickham and Lorna Davies
  • Wendy Teasdill, yoga
  • Maggie Howell, Natal Hypnotherapy
  • Susan Oakley, Consultant Midwife